Avant Garde expressionism works wonders in George Mann’s existential production that tackles death through surrealist movement theatre. Kim Heron, George Mann and Deborah Pugh are exceptional during a 70-minute production which suggests death can be as freeing as it is oppressive. Using face masks to forge an instant relation between life and death, youth and old age, the production is an apt, subtle and decadent portrait of love and loss. Somewhat jumping upon the Zeitgeist with its stylish silence; the performance entirely omits spoken word and relies on minimal props, tight choreography and the juxtaposition between face and masked figure to express its eternal themes. This production, encapsulating so much that is en vogue, ought to, by rights , achieve notoriety in no time at all.
Pleasance Dome, 1-27 Aug, 5.25pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Adam Bloodworth]